Official No:  123803     Port Number and Year: 48th in London, 1907 (LO266)

                                                                                    -    in Fleetwood, 1919 (FD354)

Description: Steel side trawler; steam screw, coal burning.   Ketch rigged.

Crew: 9 men (1907).  

Built: 1907, by Smith's Dock Co., North Shields. (Yard no. 801)

Tonnage: 216 grt  80 net (1907) 82 net. (1914)

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 117.5 / 21.5 / 11.5

Engine: T 3-Cyl. 52 rhp.  Engine by McColl & Pollock, Sunderland



As LO266

14 Mar 1907: Welsh Trawling Co., Milford.

Manager: George H. D. Birt, Docks, Milford.

By 1912: George H.D. Birt, Milford.

Managing owner. 


30 Jul 1917:  The Mersey Steam Trawlers, London St., Fleetwood

Manager: Ernest Taylor. [Based in Portsmouth.]

6 Nov 1919: As FD354

1922: Managers: Joseph A. & Harold Taylor, Fleetwood.

1924: Manager: Walter J. Morley, Fleetwood.


7 Jul 1925: Walter H. U. Morley, 1 Preston St., Fleetwood.

Manager: Walter Morley.

13 Nov 1929: Arthur Sharp, 'The Nook', Broadwaters, Fleetwood, & Mrs C. B. Morley.

Manager: Walter H.U. Morley, 1 Preston St., Fleetwood.


25 Jul 1930:  Oceanic Trading Corporation (Fleetwood), 1 Preston St., Fleetwood. 

Manager: Walter H. U. Morley, 1 Preston St., Fleetwood.


30 Oct 1934: Mrs. Cicely Blanche Morley, 7 Mount Rd., Fleetwood.

Manager: Walter H.U. Morley, 1 Preston St., Fleetwood.


12 Mar 1935: William Walkington, Fleetwood.


28 May 1935: Hewett Fishing Co., 11 St. Mary at Hill, London E.C.3

Manager: Robert S. Hewett. [Same address.]


Landed at Milford: 14 Mar 1907 - 6 Aug 1914

Skippers: W. Jones (1914)


Aug 1914: Requisitioned by the Admiralty (Admy. No. 141), and converted to a minesweeper. 1 x 6 pdr. AA

May 1915: As HIBERNIA II

1919: Returned to owners.

11 Oct 1930: Skipper reported a collision with the Fleetwood trawler ERNESTA in Ramsey Bay, IoM; received damage to starboard bow above the waterline. Damage temporarily repaired in Douglas. [The Times, Monday 13th October 1930.]

2 June 1937: Fleetwood registry closed. Sold to Germany for breaking up.

[Information from the Fleetwood Maritime Trust and the Bosun's Watch website.]

 Accidents and Incidents

From The Pembrokeshire Herald and General Advertiser of Friday 15th March 1907:




A new steam trawler landed on Thursday, the Hibernia, built to the order of G. H. D. Birt, by the Smiths Dock Trust Co., Ltd. She is on the same lines as the Cameo, but of slightly smaller dimensions.


From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 22nd May 1912:



        Whilst engaged on the steam trawler "Hibernia" in dock on Monday morning, one of the workmen in the employ of Mr. G. H. D. Birt, named Thomas John, of Herbrandston, had a wonderful escape from a terrible fate.  He was passing by the winch, which was in motion, when the barrel caught his dungaree jacket and pulled him into the machinery.  Fortunately Mr W, Hancock was close by and he ran to the winch and stopped it just in time, for a moment later and John would have wound round and instantly killed.  As it was, he was insensible, receiving a lacerated wound over the left eye and straining his neck, in addition to other injuries.  On recovering consciousness he was taken to Dr. Griffith's surgery where Dr. Rice inserted several stitches.  Mr John was afterwards able to proceed to his home.  



From the Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph of Wednesday 16th April 1913:


    It is freely reported that the steam trawler Britannia, also the steam trawler Hibernia (Mr. G. H. D. Birt), are likely to change hands in a few days.  Representatives of owners from Ymuiden, Holland, are visiting the port with the object of purchasing them. This will be another blow to the port, as the fleet is diminishing.  On Thursday there was a welcome visitor in the steam trawler Larchwood of Grimsby, which landed a good catch, including about 12 trunks of soles.  We hear she is likely to run to Milford for a time, under the management of Mr. Brand and Co.




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